Wednesday, November 16, 2005

D Lee Snubbed by

We seriously need to rethink how the MVP voting is done. The only problem with D Lee not winning the MVP is getting third:

Lee, 30, received one first-place vote, one second-place vote, and 30 third-place votes for 263 points in the balloting. St. Louis' Albert Pujols won the award, receiving 18 first-place votes and 14 second-place votes for a total of 378 points. Atlanta's Andruw Jones was second. Pujols, Jones and Lee were the only players named on all ballots.

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How can someone be the leagues Most Valuable Player on the same team with the Leagues best pitcher? I guess the only good news is that Jones did not win the award. If you bat under .300 you have no right being in the voting. 51 home runs? According to his batting average, the only time the guy got a hit was a homerun. Without Derek Lee, the cubs might have lost 90 or 95 games this season. Hopefully next season the cubs will field a team that can maybe go .500, but who knows. Well, Congrats for at least recieving one first place vote you earned more but once again your team let you down.

The Cubs' giant-sized first baseman won his first batting title and second Gold Glove this season. He batted .335 with 199 hits, 50 doubles, 46 home runs and 107 RBIs, all career highs. Lee is the first Cub to win the batting title since Bill Buckner did so in 1980, when he hit .324.

Lee set club records for most home runs by a first baseman, topping Hall of Famer Ernie Banks -- who hit 37 in 1962 -- and most RBIs by a first baseman. Banks drove in 106 in 1965 and '69.

With one more extra-base hit, Lee would have ended the season in an exclusive group with 200 hits, 100 extra-base hits, 100 runs scored and 100 RBIs in a single season. Others who have done that include Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig.


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